Maximizing CSP Points

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Maximizing CSP Points

Postby RewardHop » Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:02 pm

I just got approved the other day for the CSP with the 40k + 5k points promotion.
I'm looking to fly out to Florida (for two people) in a few months. Whats the best way to spend the points on a flight? Transfer to a partner and redeem that way? or just find and book the travel through Ultimate Rewards?
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Postby linuxmachine » Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:25 pm

you could pretty much get 2 flight tickets (domestic 25k miles RT per ticket) with the 48k+ points you will earn once you hit the spend. I'd compare with rates on Southwest to see if getting 1.5+ cents/point is better use of points

other option would be to book stays at the hyatt. i havent stayed at hyatts down there, but i'd imagine they would range from 10~20k points per night. given the right spot, that's up to 5 days lodging for free.

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Postby takeshi » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:25 am

RewardHop wrote:Whats the best way to spend the points on a flight? Transfer to a partner and redeem that way? or just find and book the travel through Ultimate Rewards?

Generally the former but you can certainly look at both and compare for yourself.

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Postby haikuginger » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:35 am

RewardHop wrote:I just got approved the other day for the CSP with the 40k + 5k points promotion.
I'm looking to fly out to Florida (for two people) in a few months. Whats the best way to spend the points on a flight? Transfer to a partner and redeem that way? or just find and book the travel through Ultimate Rewards?


Definitely redeem through a partner. Depending on the distance and where you're coming from, you can get really great point value for your dollar by transferring to British Airways and booking a partner flight through them. For example, NYC to Orlando is only 7500 Avios each way.

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Postby Patcell87 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:56 am

haikuginger wrote:Definitely redeem through a partner. Depending on the distance and where you're coming from, you can get really great point value for your dollar by transferring to British Airways and booking a partner flight through them. For example, NYC to Orlando is only 7500 Avios each way.


I agree. Generally the best point value is achieved by transferring to a partner. I have learned to love British Airway Avios for domestic flights through American.

However, you do get 20% off by booking through Ultimate Rewards. This can be better for some hotel bookings, especially Marriott.

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Postby linuxmachine » Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:54 pm

You could also fly through budget airlines (like Spirit, Allegiant, etc). They may not have good seats or even the smoothest ride, but they are often times the cheapest by a large margin. (i.e. $250 tickets on United could be $120 on Spirit). Just gotta shop around and consider using your points for something else, perhaps even at a later time.

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Postby nismoZtuner » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:26 pm

Patcell87 wrote:I agree. Generally the best point value is achieved by transferring to a partner. I have learned to love British Airway Avios for domestic flights through American.

However, you do get 20% off by booking through Ultimate Rewards. This can be better for some hotel bookings, especially Marriott.


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Postby nismoZtuner » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:28 pm

linuxmachine wrote:You could also fly through budget airlines (like Spirit, Allegiant, etc). They may not have good seats or even the smoothest ride, but they are often times the cheapest by a large margin. (i.e. $250 tickets on United could be $120 on Spirit). Just gotta shop around and consider using your points for something else, perhaps even at a later time.


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Postby mrow » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:44 pm

linuxmachine wrote:You could also fly through budget airlines (like Spirit, Allegiant, etc). They may not have good seats or even the smoothest ride, but they are often times the cheapest by a large margin. (i.e. $250 tickets on United could be $120 on Spirit). Just gotta shop around and consider using your points for something else, perhaps even at a later time.


I agree with this here as well. Frontier has round trip flights to Orlando from the small airport near me for $130 bucks. At only $260 round trip for two you may be better off using the points for the hotel stay and/or car rental if you can find a cheap airline near you.

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Postby RewardHop » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:34 pm

Thanks everyone! I was hopping it would be easier but I guess you gotta do some work if you want the best value for your points.
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